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Public Interest Fellowships

Post-graduate public interest fellowships are an excellent way to begin your career in public interest law. Many fellowships are project-based, where applicants partner with a non-profit organization and apply for external funding based on a specific proposed project. Others are funded directly by the organization with which the fellow will work. The fellowship application process primarily takes place during the 2L summer and 3L year but it is important to foster relationships with potential sponsors as early as your 1L year.

If you would like periodic emails with tips, opportunities, and deadlines, email Sofia Parino at slparino@ucdavis.edu. For more information about potential fellowship opportunities visit:

2018 Post-Bar Fellowship Opportunities

The lists below are just samples of the opportunities available and are only updated on a periodic basis.  You are encouraged to visit PSJD often for the latest opportunities.

  • *NEW* Post-Bar Immigration Law Fellowship  - Immigrant Legal Services Center - Davis, CA - application due June 1, 2018
  • *NEW* EJW Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellowship - Public Law Center - Santa Ana, CA - Rolling
  • Trinh Huynh Legal Fellow - Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta - Norcross, GA - applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Immigration Law Fellowship - Northwestern University School of Law - Chicago, IL - no date listed
  • Americorps Member: Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney - Alaska Legal Services Corporation - Fairbanks and Sitka, AK - applications reviewed on rolling basis
  • PolicyLink is seeking a legal fellow with external funding for its Oakland office. PolicyLink Legal’s main issue areas are equitable economic development/housing policy (directed by Julian Gross) and racial justice in policing and criminal justice systems (directed by Anand Subramanian). PolicyLink Legal focuses on policy research/development and transactional client representation—rather than litigation or direct services—although there may be the opportunity to participate in amicus briefs and possibly work with pro bono counsel on certain types of impact litigation. Fellows should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing social justice; applicants are required to secure external funding, but PolicyLink can provide benefits. Please contact anand@policylink.org with any questions.

2019 Post-Bar Fellowship Opportunities - Project Based Public Interest Fellowships

Below is a partial list of some organizations who have hosted project based fellowships (eg. Skadden or EJW) in the past. Some have a two step process - first you apply to the organization to be selected as a fellowship partner, then you apply to fellowships for funding. The deadlines for the 2019-2021 cycle are below. NOTE: Please check with the organization to verify deadlines and application requirements.

List of California Host Organizations

Organization Location (CA) Website Deadline Fellowships Issue Area(s) Funded or Seeking
A New Way of Life Reentry Project Los Angeles http://www.anewwayoflife.org  EJW Re-entry; Criminal Law
ACLU Immigrant Rights Project San Francisco https://www.aclunc.org/issue/immigrants-rights Rolling EJW Immigrant Populations
ACLU of Northern California San Francisco https://www.aclunc.org Rolling EJW Civil Rights/Liberties
ACLU of Southern California Los Angeles https://www.aclusocal.org  Rolling – submit materials as soon as possible EJW Education/Special Education
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org Skadden Immigration
Bay Area Legal Aid Richmond https://baylegal.org  June 25, 2018 EJW Housing; Domestic Violence; Econ Justice
Bet Tzedek Legal Services Los Angeles https://www.bettzedek.org  EJW; Skadden  LGBTQ Rights 
California Rural Legal Assistance Salinas https://www.crla.org  EJW Environmental; Farmworkers; Immigration
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation Sacramento; Santa Rosa https://www.crlaf.org EJW; Skadden Farmworkers
CARECEN Los Angeles ttp://www.carecen-la.org EJW Immigrant Populations
Center for Gender & Refugee Studies San Francisco http://www.sfcaht.org/center-for-gender-and-refugee-studies.html EJW Immigration
Centro Legal de La Raza Oakland https://centrolegal.org/get-involved/clerkships-and-fellowships/ June 22, 2018 EJW Workers’ Rights
Children’s Defense Fund Los Angeles http://www.cdfca.org Skadden Youth/Children
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto Palo Alto https://clsepa.org EJW Children/Youth
Disability Rights Advocates Berkeley http://dralegal.org EJW; Skadden Disability Rights
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Berkeley https://dredf.org June 25, 2018 EJW Disability Rights
East Bay Community Law Center Berkeley https://ebclc.org/students/post-grad-fships/ Rolling Children; Youth
Equal Rights Advocates San Francisco  https://www.equalrights.org August 14, 2017 (no current deadline) EJW; Skadden; Ruth Chance Women’s/Girl’s Rights: wage gap, job access
Homeboy Industries Los Angeles https://www.homeboyindustries.org  Skadden Re-Entry; Expungment; Consumer Rights; Social Services
Impact Fund Berkeley https://www.impactfund.org/aboutus/ jobpostings/ June 18, 2018 Skadden; EJW; Other Access to justice; civil rights; social justice
Inner City Law Center Los Angeles http://www.innercitylaw.org/fellowships/  Rolling until August 31st each year Skadden; EJW; AmeriCorps Homelessness
Kids in Need of Defense Los Angeles https://supportkind.org EJW Immigrant Populations
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights  San Francisco https://www.lccr.com  Rolling (past years until Mid-July) EJW Civil Rights; Consumer Rights
Learning Rights Law Center Los Angeles https://www.learningrights.org Skadden Youth; Special Education; Disability Rights
Legal Aid at Work San Francisco https://legalaidatwork.org May 29, 2018 Skadden Workers’ Rights
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Los Angeles https://lafla.org Rolling submit Early as possible EJW; Skadden; Other Consumer Rights
Legal Services for Children San Francisco http://www.lsc-sf.org June 30, 2018 EJW; Skadden Children/Youth
Los Angeles LGBT Center Los Angeles https://lalgbtcenter.org EJW Immigrant Populations
MALDEF Los Angeles; Sacramento http://www.maldef.org/index.html Fried Frank  Civil Rights
National Center for Lesbian Rights San Francisco http://www.nclrights.org  EJW LGBTQ Rights
National Center for Youth Law  Oakland https://youthlaw.org June 30, 2017 (no current deadline) EJW; Skadden; Soros; Other Education/Special Ed
National Day Laborer Organizing Network Los Angeles  https://ndlon.org  EJW Labor; Employment; Immigration
National Immigration Law Center  Los Angeles https://www.nilc.org/fellowships/ Early Summer – May/June  EJW; Skadden; etc. Immigrant Populations
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County Pacoima/Los Angeles http://www.nlsla.org EJW Housing; Social Services
Public Advocates San Francisco http://www.publicadvocates.org Rolling EJW Housing
Public Counsel Los Angeles http://www.publiccounsel.org No separate application process EJW; Skadden Consumer Rights; Immigration; Housing; Special Education
Swords to Plowshares Los Angeles https://www.swords-to-plowshares.org June 16, 2017 (no current deadline) Skadden; EJW Veterans
Transgender Law Center Oakland https://transgenderlawcenter.org/legal-fellow Rolling EJW Trans Issues; LGBTQ Rights
UnCommon Law Oakland http://uncommonlaw.org/our-team/careers/ July 31, 2018 EJW; Skadden: Other Parole hearing prep; prisoner rights; policy re criminal justice
Wage Justice Center Los Angeles http://wagejustice.org Seeking applications now for 2019; Rolling Skadden; EJW; other Workers’ Rights
Western Center on Law and Poverty Los Angeles, Sacramento, Oakland https://wclp.org/about-us/open-positions/  June 15, 2018 EJW; Skadden: Other Access to mental health - focus on children & youth with Medi-Cal
Youth Law Center San Francisco http://www.ylc.org/support-ylc/student-opportunities/ Rolling EJW; Skadden; other Education; Special Education

List of National Host Organizations

Organization Location Website Deadline Fellowships Issue Area(s) Funded
Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. New York, NY http://www.advocatesforchildren.org/who_we_are_afc/career_opportunities Rolling until March 15, 2018 Skadden; EJW Education Advocacy
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Washington, DC https://lawyerscommittee.org/fellowship-opportunities/ May 29, 2018 Skadden; EJW; Soros Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Educational Opportunities: Fair Housing & Community Development; Voting Rights
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Washington, DC https://www.napawf.org/jobs.html#fellowships July 31, 2018 Skadden; EJW Reproductive rights & health; economic justice; immigrant rights
Unlocal, Inc. New York, NY http://www.unlocal.org/jobs/ Rolling until August 20, 2018 Skadden; EJW Immigration & Refugee, Children’s rights